Mackenzie Phillips played the role of a girl named Carol on “American Graffiti” and she quickly won the hearts of America. Later, she was given the role of Julie Cooper on the sitcom “One Day at a Time”. Little did anyone know what was going on in her real life at the time. Unfortunately, it was while she was playing the role of Julie that her life began to unravel quickly and in a way that would soon make it clear to the world that Mackenzie had a serious drug problem.
You may wonder what this has anything to do with the normal topic that I write about. This blog is generally reserved for those who have been abused as children or for their advocates. Mackenzie’s case definitely belongs on this page, and the only thing a person has to do to understand that is to read her book, “High on Arrival”. It may sound too far-fetched to be a true story, but that is exactly the reason it should be believed. As sick and twisted as I thought Danny’s fictional story in “Danny’s Grace” was, it is nothing compared to the harsh realities of Mackenzie’s life. Some things you just can’t make up.
Mackenzie describes something in her book that is so shocking and disgusting that it makes your skin crawl. A father is the person who you should be able to count on to keep you safe. That is far from the description that we get of Mack’s father via her tell-all book. The pair had what she describes sometimes as consensual sex; at other times, she describes it as rape. The fact that a father is supposed to protect his child, not goad her into bed or convince her that sexual relations with him is okay, is just one of another sad commentaries about the way in which Hollywood does not protect its young.
It was not just the sexual relationship that occurred when Mackenzie was a little bit older, there was also a great deal of neglect on her father’s part. He left Mack, according to the book, for long periods of time. In fact, it appears that in some cases, he never really returned to the home. Mack says there was no food in the house at the time and that she was left rattling around the huge St. Pierre home without guardianship. There was also the fact that John Phillips had extreme parties where drugs ran amongst the guests as if it were cake and ice-cream at a kid’s birthday party.
In order to get the full impact of her story, pick up a copy of “High on Arrival” via Amazon. Do not expect it to be easy to read. It is very difficult to read, as is almost anything that deals with the harsh realities of child and drug abuse. If the descriptions do not make your blood curdle, someone is not telling it like it is. Mack tells it like it is in spades. The book is not meant to entertain you. It is meant to make you aware of what really happens in those homes of the rich and famous that so many people envy. Eccentricity is not all it is cracked up to be.